Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview Review

June 23, 2015   /   by Marco  / Categories :  Software, Technology, Windows

I’ve just installed the Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview (Evaluation Copy – build 10130) and noticed a big improvement from Windows 8.1

Windows 10 Insider Preview

Firstly, there is the Start Icon!!!! OMG!

windows 10 screenshot


For those of you who have used Windows 8.1 know how frustrating it was without the Start button. I even recommended to install a software tool to add the start button called Classic Shell. If you’re still on Windows 8 and are after this tool then read more about it here: Windows Classic Shell – change the way Windows 8

You will notice that the interface looks really different – the tiles now seem to be integrated with the Start Menu. To turn off (kept showing live updates) and remove a tile from the Start Menu just right click on the tile you want to remove and select “Turn Tile off”and the select Unpin from Start

Turn Tile off

The Gems bar that is normally on the right hand side is no longer there. Nice!

Windows 10 installed all the drivers, however I had to manually download and install the Video drivers as it was not detecting the secondary monitor. I used the window 8 drivers and this seems to have worked fine except I get this error message when it recovers from screensaver. The notification message get’s bit annoying but it does fix itself.

Error Video Display Message

There is a notification menu that is new and looks very similar to what you would see on a tablet or smart phone (maybe the reason why it’s been designed that way).

Notification Area

You can disable these notifications by Clicking on Start, Settings, Notifications. Turn the notifications and feedback off is you don’t want to see them again. I’ve turned off the Windows Feedback.

Disable Notifications

The other thing I’ve noticed is the design of the calculator. It looks nice. There’s even a section that displays your history and what is stored in memory.

Windows 10 Calculator

If you’re looking for the Control Panel on the start menu you won’t see it. It has been replaced with Settings and looks very different.

Settings Page

However, it’s still there if you need it. All you have to do is perform a search by clicking the Magnifying glass and then type Control Panel.

Control Panel

And it’s back… what I’m very familiar with.

Control Panel it's back

If you go into System there is a setting to turn on Tablet mode. I’m planning to use this on my Microsoft Surface 2 Pro when Windows 10 is officially available.

Tablet mode

Another tool I discovered is the Alarm, World Clock, Timer and Stopwatch application. Although, designed for the tablets I believe it’s quite useful to have on a desktop PC as well.

Alarm Clock Timer Stop Watch

Performance wise, it seems a lot quicker and the boot up into windows is much faster and overall the user interface is much better than Windows 8 so well done to Microsoft for the improvement.

Here’s a list of resources that you might find useful:

Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview Download – Click Here



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